First half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) lecture on the temporary autonomous zone, or the pleasures of disappearance. Wilson looks at the ways in which individuals and groups have created alternatives or found refuges from dominant repressive social realities. He gives examples of groups who created islands of autonomy in repressive cultures, such as pirates and colonists who joined the colonized. He also looks at how artists and writers have achieved temporary autonomous zones in terms of creativity, linguistics, and thought processes. Wilson concludes by proposing strategies for consciously creating temporary autonomous zones as a strategy for liberation. (Continued on 90P130. Note: The text of Wilson's lecture can be found online at http://www.hermetic.com/bey/taz3.html#labelPirateUtopias)
August 11, 2006 Subject:
Wilson is an absolute genius. After reading this book, all other books seem like a trite waste of time. The implications of his insights extend far beyond what he is talking about, if you take it in and let it simmer within your brain.
December 8, 2005 Subject:
shuffling of papers
This is a straight reading of an essay published as "The Temporary Autonomous Zone" under the name Hakim Bey, a slim volume of incredibly lucid, condensed, and provocatively mind-widening insight & possibility. Ontological Anarchy.
The full power of the text & reading is diluted a little by the quality of the recording. We hear Wilson distantly, somewhere amongst shifting chairs and the shuffling of papers...
Wilson also cut a CD of excerpted readings, with music by Bill Laswell, where the strength of his voice can be fully appreciated. The disc is called T.A.Z. by Hakim Bey. Find it.
February 3, 2005 Subject:
A Golden Chord
TAZ is one of the few texts that I hold in as high regard as an acid trip. Hearing it is like OJ to the LSD. Wilson's inflections, emphasis, articualtions and play on words/meanings/space-between opens doors that may otherwise be obscured in isolated reading... As far as I know, this reading @ the Kerouac School is one of Wilson's two performances of the TAZ essay in its entirety. A gem among gems... Fun for all ages!